Nominations open for the Cambridge United Community Trust Sport in the Community Awards
Sport can be such a force for good and have an inspiring impact which the Cambridge United Community Trust Sport in the Community Awards seek to recognise.
Incorporated within the annual gala dinner, and in partnership with the Cambridge Independent, the awards are in their third year, with categories seeking to highlight the success stories at all levels.
A sixth category has been added to the awards’ list – inspirational performance of the year, which aims to highlight a display that may once have appeared out of reach and against the odds. The full list can be found below.
Nominations are now open for all categories.
The gala dinner celebrates the contribution sport can make to the community and raises money for the Trust’s charitable work.
“2019 will be the third year that we have run the gala dinner in partnership with the Cambridge Independent and it has gone from strength to strength each year,” said Cambridge United Community Trust chief executive Ben Szreter.
“The evening is a special opportunity to celebrate community sport and an annual culmination of Cambridge United’s work in the community.
“Throughout the evening we talk to special guests, take part in fundraising games and recognise excellence in community sport through awards.
“The Sport in the Community Awards, run in partnership with Cambridge Independent, recognise sporting excellence that also has a community aspect to it.
“These awards are really important for us to be able to celebrate the diverse range of community sport taking place in our great city.
“We want to hear from you if you think you, or someone you know, has shown themselves to be a worthy winner in one of these categories.
“This can range from grass-roots sport through to international competition.”
He added: “We look forward to a great evening and receiving nominations for the Sport in the Community Awards in advance of the evening.”
Paul Brackley, editor of the Cambridge Independent, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Cambridge United Community Trust for a third year in a row to recognise the sporting efforts in our city and beyond.
“The Cambridge United Sport in the Community Awards aim not to celebrate a great result or an individual piece of sporting brilliance, but highlight some of the work that often goes relatively unnoticed, but is so important in making sport a positive force in people’s lives.”
The gala dinner will be held at Quy Mill Hotel & Spa on Thursday, May 2.
- Champion of the year - Awarded to the individual making a significant contribution to their sport in the community; doing the work that is so vital but is so seldom seen or recognised on a wider scale
- Star of the year - Reaching the top of a chosen discipline, be it at club, county, national or international level
- Coach of the year - Seeks to find that person who has had a big impact in developing and encouraging involvement in sport, making a difference to those they are instructing.
- Team of the year - Maybe you have lifted titles, or maybe you have just seen growth and development, earning that first win after years of searching or just growing the numbers by making sport fun for all.
- School of the year - Making a difference to how youngsters use and see sport, whether it be through participation or achievement, no matter how big or small.
- Inspirational performance of the year – Have you overcome adversity or achieved something that may never have seemed possible in the past. It is not the big things, but the small things; that inspirational display against the odds.
The deadline for nominations is March 22.